2020 Best JBL Bluetooth Speakers

2020 Best JBL Bluetooth Speakers

We compare the best Bluetooth speakers by one of the biggest names in audio — JBL. They all feature Bluetooth-functionality, but each one will perform better in a variety of ergonomic habitats, such as at the pool or on a camping trip. If you are shopping for a dependable, rugged Bluetooth speaker that can withstand the elements and present great sound, you came to the right place.

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Company & Product Overview

JBL is a brand audio professionals rely on. Used by famous DJs in the biggest clubs around the world, JBL speakers are built to last, to be tough, and dependable. The JBL name has also become synonymous with portable Bluetooth speakers. The best ones are portable, dependable, have a longer-lasting battery, and can withstand heat and colder weather — all without sacrificing great sound.

To help you check these boxes, we’ve rounded up our favorite JBL Bluetooth speakers for any outdoor occasion you attend or host. We give the high notes for each one, and award bonus points for cool features that thrive best in a variety of outdoor experiences. 

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Best JBL Bluetooth Speakers of 2020

  • JBL Xtreme 2 Portable Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker $349.95
  • JBL Boombox 2 Portable Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker $499.95
  • JBL PartyBox 300 Portable Bluetooth Speaker $499.95
  • JBL PartyBox 1000 Portable Bluetooth Speaker $1,199.95

Next, we assorted them into ergonomic categories. The outdoor experiences below are where each JBL Bluetooth speaker performed the best. Click on any of the outdoor experiences below to be taken to the one that performs best in that outdoor scenario.

Popular Outdoor Experiences

JBL portable bluetooth speaker at a pool part getting splashed with water

Best Bluetooth Speaker For A Pool Party

JBL Xtreme 2 Portable Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

For less than $350, this portable speaker wins as the best JBL Bluetooth speaker to hype up your next pool party or beach blast for many reasons. Our decision to rate JBL’s Xtreme 2 as the best performer in or around water boils down to these 3 critical features:

  1. IPX7 Waterproof Rating
  2. Rugged & Adventurous Design
  3. 15-Hour Battery-life

1.) IPX7 Waterproof Rating

When manufacturers create a “rugged” and “durable” product, they might describe it as “dust-resistant” or “water-resistant.” But what does this mean?

Products can receive an IP-rating to measure how well-protected it is against solid objects and liquids. IP is short for “Ingress Protection.” Products earn an IP-rating for many reasons — the most challenging being resistance to liquids. The higher the rating, the better the product is protected against liquid contact. The JBL Xtreme 2 has a very high IP-rating of IPX7. This means the JBL Xtreme 2 is tough enough to resist being damaged if submerged in water up to 1-meter for 30 minutes.

So, take your JBL Xtreme 2  to the beach or the pool and you don’t have to worry about spills or accidental submersion in water. Should a drink spill over onto your JBL Xtreme 2 or take an accidental splash into the pool, IPX7 waterproofing will save your fun-having Bluetooth speaker, so you can keep the party going like a pro.

2.) Rugged & Adventurous Design

JBL Xtreme 2 is named appropriately. Xtreme 2 is designed with a rugged rubber housing and a durable fabric material that will survive the most extreme adventures. It’s built tough, and it even comes with a bottle opener built-in, so you can celebrate wherever you and your extremely rugged speaker go next. Plus, JBL Xtreme 2 is highly portable and easy to carry. The convenient, removable strap makes towing the Xtreme 2 along with surfboards, beach chairs, coolers, and towels easy. This convenience is more than a nice touch, it’s crucial.

3.) 15-Hour Battery-life

The built-in rechargeable battery will give you 15 hours of playtime outdoors. There's also has a USB port, so it can charge your phone while your playlist continues to rock the party. 

Bonus Points:

  • Sound Quality: JBL Xtreme 2 is armed with 4 speaker drivers and 2 JBL Bass Radiators that deliver big dynamic stereo sound. 
  • JBL Connect+: Wirelessly link compatible speakers together, and elevate the party to the next level. Link more than 100 speakers together, so you and your friends can make the party bigger and create your own music festival.
  • Control The Party: Take turns being the DJ. Wirelessly connect 2 smartphones or tablets and take turns DJing the party with a friend.  
  • Speakerphone: Take a quick break from the music whenever your phone receives a call. With the touch of a button, conversations are crystal clear thanks to the noise and echo-canceling speakerphone.

Rugged & Adventurous Design

IPX7 Waterproof Rating

15-Hour Battery-life

people listening to music with a JBL portable bluetooth speaker at a cookout

Best Bluetooth Speaker For A Cookout

JBL Boombox 2 Portable Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

Whether it's a backyard barbecue, a family reunion, a neighborhood pig pickin’, or even a weekend joyride with the windows down and the breeze in your hair, JBL Boombox 2 wins as the ultimate JBL portable speaker for these outdoor activities. For less than $500, we think JBL Boombox 2 is the best performer for your next neighborhood-gathering or even a road-trip for the following reasons:

  1. 24-Hour Battery-life
  2. Massive JBL Sound
  3. IPX7 Waterproof Rating

1.) 24-Hour Battery-life

Enjoy the social gathering all day and all night! If you and your friends are enjoying time together in the backyard or neighborhood cul de sac, the fun doesn’t have to end just because your wireless speaker ran out of juice. Keep the party going with 24 hours of playtime. 

Plus, for those long drives to your well-deserved weekend getaway, 24 hours of playtime will let you and your passengers enjoy the JBL Signature Club sound in the car. Even after you arrive, the fun and the music will last for hours on end before it needs to recharge.

2.) Massive JBL Signature Pro Sound

For a portable speaker that you can carry around like a boombox by its built-in handle, JBL Boombox 2 presents the loudest JBL Signature Pro Sound. For its size, this portable Bluetooth speaker pumps out massive sound. It’s the loudest JBL Boombox ever, and the powerful volume and deep bass will get everyone’s feet moving in your backyard. 

Plus, playing music in the car can be cumbersome. Some cars don’t have Bluetooth-connectivity or stereo miniplug inputs, which makes it difficult or expensive to listen to music in the car with a smartphone. If listening to music with your phone through the car’s stereo isn’t easy or doesn’t sound as good, then pack up this Bluetooth speaker for the ride. It will make it convenient for everyone to play music from their phones with great sound and massive volume. So turn it up. Waaayyyyyy up. 

3.) IPX7 Waterproof Rating

The Boombox 2 has the same IPX7 Waterproof liquid resistance protection as the JBL Xtreme 2. So, if someone at the cookout accidentally spills an overfilled beverage onto your portable speaker, don’t worry. IPX7 means JBL Boombox 2 is tough enough to withstand being submerged up to 1 meter in water for 30 minutes. Whether you are throwing a party in the backyard or doing some yard work in the garden, your JBL Boombox 2 will be protected against liquid accidents wherever or however they might occur.

Bonus Points:

  • PartyBoost: You and your neighbors can host an epic neighborhood party or cookout when you wirelessly link other JBL PartyBoost-compatible speakers to turn the party up. 
  • Built-in Power Bank: Keep the party going from dusk till dawn with the built-in power bank that keeps your devices charged.  

 

24-Hour Battery-life

Massive JBL Signature Pro Sound

IPX7 Waterproof Rating

Best Bluetooth Speaker For A Camping Trip

JBL PartyBox 300 Portable Bluetooth Speaker

For less than $500, PartyBox 300 wins as the ultimate JBL Bluetooth speaker to serenade and light up your camping experience. The decision for this one came down to these 3 important features: 

  1. Off-The-Grid Power Options
  2. Light Shows
  3. USB Playback

1.) 18-Hour Battery-life & Uninterruptible Power-Supply

Being off the grid doesn’t have to be boring. Keep all your vital electronic gadgets charged with the built-in USB port to keep your phones charged. No need to pack an extra charger!

Plus, never run out of juice. Plug it into the 12V DC output of any car to recharge the PartyBox 300’s built-in long-lasting 10,000mAh battery. On a full charge, PartyBox 300 will give you 18 hours of playtime. With this Bluetooth speaker, you will always have a backup plan with a power supply that’s uninterruptible when it’s charging with a car.

2.) Cool Light Shows

No need for a campfire with warmer weather. When the sun sets, the JBL PartyBox 300 will light up your campground with a variety of cool light shows. Meter, Pulse, or Party mode will set the mood for any campground. We see this being useful in warmer weather too when it’s too hot outside for a campfire. 

3.) USB Playback For Listening Off-The-Grid

For remote campgrounds where you might not have good cellular service available (if any at all), having the ability to play music offline from a USB thumb drive is the best way to enjoy your music. With USB Playback, you can plan ahead and pre-program your camping-experience with a playlist stored on a USB stick.

Bonus Points:

  • Mic & Guitar Inputs: Pack a guitar and plug into the PartyBox 300 to serenade your friends with cool light shows. Now this is what we call glamping!
  • TWS & RCA Inputs: Connect up to 2 compatible speakers wirelessly via TWS (True Wireless Stereo) using a Bluetooth connection or wired via one RCA output.

18-Hour Battery-life Plus Power-Supply From The Car

Light Shows

USB Playback For Listening Off-The-Grid

jbl partybox 1000 bluetooth speaker being used by a female DJ to rock a house party

Best Bluetooth Speaker For A House Party

JBL PartyBox 1000 Bluetooth Speaker

Last but not least, we have the JBL PartyBox 1000. For less than $1,200, it’s not cheap, but this is the ultimate Bluetooth speaker to own if you want to throw a house party like a boss. PartyBox 1000 wins as the best JBL Bluetooth speaker to throw a house party for the following reasons:

  1. Karaoke & DJ Performance Machine
  2. Exciting Full-Panel LED Light Show
  3. Concealed Wheels For Easy Transport

1.) Karaoke & DJ Performance Machine

Similar to the PartyBox 300, you can plug in a guitar or a microphone and add karaoke to your next outdoor party as well. Just like the PartyBox 300, you can stream music from a phone or a tablet directly to the speaker over Bluetooth or play music offline from a USB stick.

But, what sets this one apart is the included DJ launchpad and karaoke machine built inside. Your friends will be impressed when you use the DJ launchpad to play the drums, guitar, or piano to record and loop your performance on the fly! This feature adds a whole new dimension to your typical Bluetooth speaker and it will bring a ton of fun and excitement to any outdoor space you set this speaker up.

2.) Exciting Full-Panel LED Light Show

The full front-panel will light up and change colors to provide you and your guests a dynamic light show that will recreate the dance club experience right in your living room! Plus, you can connect two PartyBox speakers together wirelessly with the TWS feature or wired from one RCA output to another RCA input for a bigger sound with exciting lighting effects that will rock the house and make your party the one people will remember.

3.) Concealed Wheels for Easy Transport

The built-in handle and concealed wheels make it easy to transport the PartyBox 1000, regardless of where the party is. We see this being used in a more permanent location because of its size but if you do want to wheel it out onto the patio and plug it in outside, it has a built-in handle and concealed wheels for easy transport. 

Bonus Points:

  • Sound Quality: The JBL PartyBox features 2 large 7-inch mid-range drivers and a 12-inch down-firing subwoofer for big room-filling sound. We see this being the best choice for throwing a great house party with huge JBL sound.
  • TWS & RCA Inputs: Connect up to two compatible speakers wirelessly via TWS (True Wireless Stereo) using a Bluetooth connection or wired via one RCA output.

Karaoke & DJ Performance Machine

Exciting Full-Panel LED Light Shows

Concealed Wheels For Easy Transport

Overall Recommendation

JBL is a name that has become synonymous with portable Bluetooth speakers, and for good reason. They make a Bluetooth speaker for almost any scenario and deciding which one is right for you comes down to how you plan to use it. All of these speakers sound great, so if you have questions about which one might be the best fit for how you plan to use it, feel free to give us a call, chat with one of our experts at audioadvice.com, or stop into one of our Raleigh or Charlotte North Carolina showrooms.

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